Turning lights out on morale (Editorial)

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/22/2003

Ontarians learned how to cope without electricity during August’s blackout. Unfortunately, some people also discovered something unpleasant about their employers.

Following the blackout HR listservs were abuzz with questions about paying — and not paying — staff for time lost because of the outage. And the subject was a hot topic with callers to Carswell’s Payroll Hotline.

Premier Ernie Eves asked people to stay home from work on the Friday after lights went out, and in any case, few workplaces were in a position to operate.